For Immediate Release
May 29, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Announces Funds for Health Centers

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced a grant of $825,981 to Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, located in Pittsburg. Also, a $512,910 base adjustment is being provided to 13 federally qualified health centers in the state. All of these funds, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), are part of $81.7 million announced today to expand services at health centers across the U.S.

 “Community health centers like CHC of Southeast Kansas provide access to health care services for families who do not have health insurance,” stated Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. “This funding comes at a time when it is most needed. Unfortunately during these tough economic times, health insurance is being lost as workers lose jobs.”

The grants are funded through the Health Center Program, which helped more than 17 million individuals in the U.S. last year by providing access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care. In Kansas, nearly 55 percent of all health center patients had no insurance coverage in 2008, compared to about 40 percent for patients of these facilities nationally in a typical year.  

The grants awarded today include $25.6 million to expand medical capacity at 54 existing health centers around the country, helping an additional 230,000 individuals in 25 states receive primary health care services. The remaining $56.1 million will supplement all health centers' base grant awards to offset rising costs associated with maintaining current service levels.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides $2 billion for grants to health centers over a 2-year period. $500 million will be used to support new health center sites and service areas, increase services at existing sites, and address spikes in uninsured populations. The additional $1.5 billion will be used to support construction, renovation and equipment, including health information technology systems, in health centers and health center controlled networks.